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(KERO 23 Bakersfield)   The U.S. Postal service celebrates 100 years of airmail as the first letter sent on May 14, 1918 arrived today intact   ( turnto23.com) divider line
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2018-05-15 12:00:50 PM  
 
2018-05-15 08:25:12 PM  
People give the USPS crap, but they've never lost a package of mine, international or domestic. And worst case, I've had to go to the post office down the street to pick something up. FedEx, on the other hand, has stalled 2 Home packages in the last month and lied about my mailbox servicer "being closed" when they weren't, twice, and made me drive 20 miles to a distribution facility, wait an hour next to stinky restrooms, twice, just to use a phone to page the people to bring my packages to me so I could drive 20 miles back home with them. Not to mention it's obvious they treat their employees like criminals, so no wonder.
 
2018-05-15 10:56:57 PM  
100 years for the post office, but the first letter sent by air in this country was 1793.
 
2018-05-15 11:05:31 PM  
USPS >> than FexEx >>>>> UPS.  I got tired of >>> on UPS

Fark big brown.  with either of the other two I know it won't be slammed on the porch and stomped on twice while they never knock or ring the door bell.  I'm sitting inside with a dog barking so I know what they do.

I do not order if USPS isn't a choice any longer.
 
2018-05-15 11:05:56 PM  
Aaaand it was a hearing aid advertising mailer disguised as a wedding invitation.

/fark you, Southwestern Hearing Centers.
 
2018-05-15 11:16:39 PM  
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2018-05-15 11:25:58 PM  

koder: People give the USPS crap, but they've never lost a package of mine, international or domestic. And worst case, I've had to go to the post office down the street to pick something up. FedEx, on the other hand, has stalled 2 Home packages in the last month and lied about my mailbox servicer "being closed" when they weren't, twice, and made me drive 20 miles to a distribution facility, wait an hour next to stinky restrooms, twice, just to use a phone to page the people to bring my packages to me so I could drive 20 miles back home with them. Not to mention it's obvious they treat their employees like criminals, so no wonder.


I think it'shiat or miss with any of the big 3. But the worst damaged package I ever got was some wheels via UPS. It looked like they'd dropped a ten ton safe on it.

I like having the option to hold a package and let me go get it with any of them. If I could save money by doing that, I would probably not have anything delivered directly. But I am probably within 10 miles of all three.
 
2018-05-15 11:31:35 PM  

Mock26: 100 years for the post office, but the first letter sent by air in this country was 1793.


Wikipedia says the first regular "airmail" via homing pigeon was in the 1890s, in New Zealand.

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2018-05-15 11:32:25 PM  
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The landing was a biatch tho'.
 
2018-05-15 11:42:05 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: 100 years for the post office, but the first letter sent by air in this country was 1793.

Wikipedia says the first regular "airmail" via homing pigeon was in the 1890s, in New Zealand.

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In 1793 President Washington was present at a hot air balloon demonstration and handed a letter to the pilot to present to the property owners whose land he would eventually land on.  So, technically, it was airmail.

Also, I never said "regular airmail."  :-D
 
2018-05-15 11:45:26 PM  
It isn't even a guilty pleasure, it is just a good movie.

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2018-05-15 11:49:46 PM  

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The landing was a biatch tho'.


WTF?

Was that an official stamp that nobody realized prior to printing contained a not quite minor issue or is that a goofy real one?
 
2018-05-15 11:51:19 PM  
Yeah, I just found my mail rubber banded to my fence since the USPS decided they couldn't be bothered to come up the walkway and drop my mail in the slot. It included a game magazine and a check from work that I am glad I found before it rained.

I've also been having trouble with them not picking up my mail if they don't have any to deliver. My entire neighborhood has mailslots, so we just clip mail to the door. Well the post office simply doesn't pick it up if they don't drop off. I went to the post office to complain that I sometimes go 3 or 4 days without having my mail picked up, which causes problems when sending out bills or cards. The post office told me they have no obligation to pick up mail at all, and if I want it delivered, I should always bring it to the post office myself.
These are the same people who stopped delivering my mail because they decided my house was abandoned (that's what they reported to the office) even though I keep my yard mowed, and there is always at least one car out front.
 
2018-05-15 11:51:35 PM  

WoodyHayes: WordsnCollision: [img.fark.net image 220x189]

The landing was a biatch tho'.

WTF?

Was that an official stamp that nobody realized prior to printing contained a not quite minor issue or is that a goofy real one?


The Inverted Jenny.  One of the most valuable collectible stamps ever.
 
2018-05-15 11:53:04 PM  

Mock26: itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: 100 years for the post office, but the first letter sent by air in this country was 1793.

Wikipedia says the first regular "airmail" via homing pigeon was in the 1890s, in New Zealand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x285]

In 1793 President Washington was present at a hot air balloon demonstration and handed a letter to the pilot to present to the property owners whose land he would eventually land on.  So, technically, it was airmail.

Also, I never said "regular airmail."  :-D


I feel like balloons don't count as airmail, whether or not scheduled, because they don't go any predefined place, unlike pigeons and airplanes. Sure you can carry a letter, but you can't really take one for a particular person.
 
2018-05-16 12:16:44 AM  

WoodyHayes: WordsnCollision: [img.fark.net image 220x189]

The landing was a biatch tho'.

WTF?

Was that an official stamp that nobody realized prior to printing contained a not quite minor issue or is that a goofy real one?


In the rush to get this stamp out to commemorate the 1918 first airmail flight, that run of stamps was botched.  A postal clerk in Washington DC sold a sheet of 100 because he didn't know what an airplane looked like.  The rest were destroyed.  In 2013, a $2 reissue of that stamp was made, with the airplane upside down.  100 of these reissued sheets were deliberate "errors" with the biplane right-side-up and distributed randomly across the various post offices.
 
2018-05-16 12:29:49 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: itcamefromschenectady: Mock26: 100 years for the post office, but the first letter sent by air in this country was 1793.

Wikipedia says the first regular "airmail" via homing pigeon was in the 1890s, in New Zealand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x285]

In 1793 President Washington was present at a hot air balloon demonstration and handed a letter to the pilot to present to the property owners whose land he would eventually land on.  So, technically, it was airmail.

Also, I never said "regular airmail."  :-D

I feel like balloons don't count as airmail, whether or not scheduled, because they don't go any predefined place, unlike pigeons and airplanes. Sure you can carry a letter, but you can't really take one for a particular person.


Seconded.  Washington just sent junk mail to "Occupant".
 
2018-05-16 12:31:54 AM  
Most of you dumbasses don't realize that fedex transport your Priority and Over Night Mail.
 
2018-05-16 12:35:46 AM  
I love being able to send postcards anywhere in the US for only 35 cents.

I *heart* USPS. It's a great public service.
 
2018-05-16 05:17:04 AM  
100 years of service means that's how long it takes them to deliver a letter.
 
2018-05-16 07:31:49 AM  
Oh god damn, where do I start with how terrible the USPS is?

The constantly misdelivered mail to the point where those of us involved just call each other and say "I have your mail" so we can pick it up because it's faster than having the USPS redeliver it?

The "I have a package to deliver that's larger than your mailbox so I will literally ignore your front door, walk around your house, and throw it over the back fence" USPS?

The "We'll pretend that we don't actually have your package at the local post office even though both you and the company that shipped it tracked it there and then, after you've both complained enough, claim we can't deliver it because it's too heavy for our mail carrier" USPS? That "too heavy" package? A box with two paperback books in it. They weren't even large paperbook books, either.

The USPS whose local Post Master couldn't give a fark about anything and acts like its a massive inconvenience when you go complain to him about medication being delivered to the wrong address consistently? It's not even medication that is for anyone for our family! It's for an older gent that shares the same street address number but on an entirely different street.

Meanwhile, our FedEx and UPS drivers are awesome. On one occasion, UPS delivered a Dell R730 I had ordered while my wife was home and I was not. Because it was both heavy and raining, the UPS guy asked to put it in the foyer when my wife answered the door because it was heavy and he didn't want her to struggle to get it inside or have it get soaked. He does this on the regular for any heavy or cumbersome package. Our FedEx lady knows that my mom is in a wheelchair so will wait for my mom to get to the door so she can hand my mom the package. This happens consistently.
 
2018-05-16 09:30:31 AM  

Insult Comic Bishounen: WoodyHayes: WordsnCollision: [img.fark.net image 220x189]

The landing was a biatch tho'.

WTF?

Was that an official stamp that nobody realized prior to printing contained a not quite minor issue or is that a goofy real one?

The Inverted Jenny.  One of the most valuable collectible stamps ever.


LaughingRadish: WoodyHayes: WordsnCollision: [img.fark.net image 220x189]

The landing was a biatch tho'.

WTF?

Was that an official stamp that nobody realized prior to printing contained a not quite minor issue or is that a goofy real one?

In the rush to get this stamp out to commemorate the 1918 first airmail flight, that run of stamps was botched.  A postal clerk in Washington DC sold a sheet of 100 because he didn't know what an airplane looked like.  The rest were destroyed.  In 2013, a $2 reissue of that stamp was made, with the airplane upside down.  100 of these reissued sheets were deliberate "errors" with the biplane right-side-up and distributed randomly across the various post offices.


Cool! Thanks for the info, fellas.
 
2018-05-16 11:06:29 AM  

WoodyHayes: It isn't even a guilty pleasure, it is just a good movie.

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You are a man of much patience. I have watched this movie exactly once. I almost fell asleep in the theater it was so long and so boring. I tired to care... I really did. The film is just such a sprawling mess.

/I think part of it was the way it was marketed.
//He doesn't even deliver the mail!
 
2018-05-16 05:01:08 PM  
The movie was OK -- The book, however, was outstanding.
 
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